Process or task name:
Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: googledesktop.exe
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.
Purpose of this file:
GoogleDesktop.exe is a file which may have appeared on your system startup. The file location is also listed below, and should always be verified as spyware writers will often use the same named file or like named files and just locate them elsewhere in attempts to fool you. This GoogleDesktop.exe file it part of Google's software and is related to the Google desktop search. Most likely you have installed this on your system from the Google website as free software. This will also appear as an active process or task and will appear in your system startup. This file is considered safe and is not considered spyware or adware related.
Visit googledesktop.exe for complete information on this task or process.
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What is the googledesktop.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
"C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe" /startup is the listing that will show in your startup list.